With parents as impossibly good-looking as Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, anyone and everyone knew that Kaia Gerber and Preston Gerber were going to grow up to be extraordinarily beautiful. It didn’t come as any surprise to anyone when Kaia owned the catwalks at the Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week 2018. Stunning parents usually equate to gorgeous-looking kids, but this is not the case 100% of the time. Sometimes, it’s luck of the draw, and people that are considered by society to be a little less unattractive or undesirable produce exceptionally beautiful offspring!
You’ve learned about how two blue-eyed parents can have brown or green-eyed children, right? It’s rare but it’s definitely not entirely uncommon. Well, the same goes for, shall we say, the attractiveness trait. Obviously, everyone will have his/her own idea of what attractiveness is, but we are looking at the larger picture—what society agrees is considered attractive and the not so attractive…or ugly.
We took a look at celebrity kids that proved everyone wrong when they went from being somewhat average or homely ugly ducklings to stepping into their own as beautiful graceful swans. These kids may have spent their early years getting teased and picked on for their unconventional looks or features they had not grown into yet, but boy oh boy. If the bullies and those that picked on them could see them now! Take a good look. Here are 15 celebrity kids that we thought would be ugly but actually grew up to downright smokin’ hot!
15. Katie Cassidy
Katie Cassidy is the daughter of the late Partridge Family star David Cassidy. David had a very short-lived romance with part-time model, Sherry Williams, which resulted in the birth of his daughter, Katie.
From an early age, Katie expressed an interest in following in her famous father’s footsteps and pursuing a career in show business. However, Katie really didn’t appear to have that star quality like her father. She had the last name and the desire but Katie was a very plain Jane; she was blonde and gangly, on top of inheriting her father’s wide forehead.
As Katie matured, she blossomed. She developed into a gorgeous young woman with a beautiful hourglass shape; she even grew into her forehead. Katie’s career took off after those awkward preteen years. She started landing roles on hit television shows, including Gossip Girl, 7th Heaven, and Supernatural. Katie is engaged to be married and is currently working on several films.
14. Bella Hadid
Hard to imagine the stunning brunette, Bella Hadid, looking less than perfect, isn’t it? Bella Hadid is the daughter of former power couple, supermodel Yolanda Hadid Foster and real estate developer Mohamed Hadid.
These days, Bella is known for being a Victoria’s Secret angel and one of the world’s most sought-after supermodels. 15 years ago, nobody would have guessed it. Bella was a cute girl but she had a larger nose and a round face which is quite the contrast from her slender face and her trademark prominent high cheek bones.
As a child, Bella didn’t have the it factor. But these days, there is no doubt that Bella has that it factor! Bella’s sister, Gigi Hadid, also underwent quite the transformation from a gangly teen to a stunning supermodel.
13. Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and the niece of America’s Sweetheart, Julia Roberts. She also has half-siblings and an uncle in the movie industry. You could say that Emma was essentially born into the entertainment industry.
She made her acting debut in the 2001 Johnny Depp film, Blow. She gained critical acclaim and has quickly risen in the ranks to become a Hollywood A-lister. She’s been named by several magazines as one of the world’s most beautiful people.
As a child, Emma, much like her aunt Julia, was made fun of by classmates for her very big mouth. She has since grown into her stunning megawatt smile, but as a child, her teeth looked much too big for such a little girl. Emma can definitely look back at those who teased her and smile. Success is the best form of revenge and she’s absolutely attained A-list success!
12. Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson, the daughter of legendary entertainer Michael Jackson was shielded from the spotlight for most of her childhood. Whenever she appeared in public with her father, she would have some strange headdress or cloak hiding her. The public assumed she was an ugly duckling. Her mother, Debbie, was really very unattractive, and her father? Well, a bit odd-looking, to say the least.
Looking at the two of them, it’s difficult to imagine them producing a normal or decent-looking kid. It’s actually quite difficult to imagine them being in any sort of relationship at all. Well, surprise, surprise. When Michael suddenly passed away and his kids were thrust into the limelight, the world truly saw them for the first time.
Paris had such a glowing complexion, delicate features, and a lovely smile. She wasn’t ugly at all! She was strikingly beautiful and had an inner radiance. This girl who the world assumed was an ugly duckling was actually quite the opposite! A few years after she first stepped out of the shadows of her father, she’s been on the covers of Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, and Bazaar. Who would’ve guessed it?!
11. Francesca Fisher-Eastwood
Francesca Fisher-Eastwood, the daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher, is known as the blonde bombshell of the family. She’s also known as the girl who purposely set fire to a $100,000 Hermes purse…in the name of art. But that’s another story altogether.
Francesca has unique features that make her stand out from the crowd of Hollywood royalty. She has abnormally wide-set eyes, large forehead, and a heart-shaped face. As a little girl, these alien-esque features drew mean comments and teasing from classmates, but as a young woman, these features have earned her praise and comparisons to supermodel Kate Moss.
Francesca has been married once but it only lasted a week. She’s still working on finding herself and discovering a career in which she is passionate about; hopefully, one which doesn’t involve setting fire to designer handbags.
10. Spencer Grammer
The beautiful Spencer Grammer is the daughter of actors Kelsey Grammer and Doreen Alderman. Now, Kelsey is an A-list actor but he is known for his wit and dry sense of humor. He’s a comedian. Kelsey’s no romantic lead! He isn’t a good-looking guy in the traditional sense. He is balding and has a kind of quirky facial features. Doreen isn’t all that attractive and has had a few run-ins with the law. Imagining a daughter between the two of them, no one would have pictured a gorgeous blonde with striking features.
As a teen, Spencer had dark hair and a fair complexion. On top of which, she had no fashion sense. Her strange outfits matched the weird expressions that she would flash to the paparazzi. Just a very odd duck. But, like most ugly ducklings, she also blossomed into a beautiful blonde swan.
9. Jack Quaid
Jack Quaid is the son of actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. He was a cute kid but there wasn’t anything that screamed ‘future star’ about him. As a child, he had pretty feminine features and a scruffy mop top.
As Jack grew up, though, his genes really started to show themselves. He’s grown into one of Hollywood’s hottest young actors. He’s appeared in Hunger Games and Logan Lucky. Jack seems on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s next crop of A-list actors. Jack seems destined to have a bright future in Tinseltown much like his famous parents; and we couldn’t be happier for him. His father, Dennis Quaid, was one of the 90’s hottest actors! Jack is on track for doing the same for the 2020’s!
8. Gia Mantegna
Gia Mantegna is the brunette daughter of actor Joe Mantegna and restaurateur Arlene Vrhel. Gia was born in New York City and enjoyed ballet and gymnastics as a child. She soon decided to pursue in her famous father’s footsteps and started auditioning for small acting jobs in film and television.
Gia landed her breakthrough role in the Jennifer Garner romantic comedy 13 Going On 30. The movie was a box office smash hit! Afterwards, she scored more work and then was named Miss Golden Globe 2011. Gia had grown from the shy child who was actually born “Gina” to the beautiful young woman who went and legally changed her name to “Gia” because it had more s*x appeal and sounded more exotic. Gia is one of Hollywood’s hottest up-and-coming actresses.
7. Zelda Williams
Zelda Williams was born in 1989 to the late comedian Robin Williams and film producer Marsha Garces Williams. Zelda was named after Princess Zelda in The Legend of Zelda video game series.
Zelda was a bit of tomboy growing up and a self-described “gamer.” She loved playing The Legend of Zelda (no, she really did!). With Zelda’s strong features, such as her prominent nose and mysterious almond-shaped eyes, it made her a bit of an ugly duckling growing up. But, as soon as that darn-awful puberty stage passed, she grew into her features and was a gorgeous young woman! In 2007, People magazine even named her one of the world’s most beautiful people.
6. Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid is the daughter of supermodel Yolanda Hadid Foster and real estate developer Mohamed Hadid.
Gigi was signed to IMG Models in 2013. She quickly rose the ranks to becoming one of the world’s most sought-after supermodels. She has appeared in campaigns for Guess, Tom Ford, and Maybelline, just to name a few.
Prior to her major breakthrough with being signed to the prestigious IMG Models form, Gigi was a student at Malibu High School. She was your typical California blonde. She was cute but very girl-next-door. It was after she graduated from high school and her looks matured and became more refined with the gentle assistance of a plastic surgeon that she became the near-otherworldly gorgeous girl that she is today. She has walked the runaways of many of fashion’s biggest names, including Victoria’s Secret, Tom Ford, and Calvin Klein.
5. Destry Spielberg
Destry Spielberg is the daughter of the legendary billionaire film director Steven Spielberg. Destry almost seemed to grow up rebelling against her extraordinarily-privileged upbringing. She rarely ever smiled in pictures and never really had much concern for her appearance. She shunned designer clothing for old concert t-shirts and thrift store finds.
Somewhere along the way to becoming a young lady, Destry found herself. She has morphed into a gorgeous blonde bombshell! It’s a jaw-dropping change from her younger grunge-looking self!
Destry is radiant and refined. She has incredible cheekbones that one never noticed when half her face was covered up by her ratty unkempt hair. Destry hasn’t really decided what career path to take but if she’s ever strapped for cash (which, unless her father disinherits her—highly unlikely), she could definitely take up more modeling gigs.
4. Hailey Baldwin
Believe it or not, not all babies are born looking like the Gerber baby. Case in point, Hailey Baldwin. Hailey is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin. When Hailey was a baby, she had deep-set eyes and a huge head. She was definitely not a beautiful Gerber baby.
Hailey wasn’t the cutest baby nor was she going to win any beauty pageants as a tot. But, as she started emerging from that awkward gangly stage that most kids go through, she was stunning! It’s no wonder why all the young men are clamoring for attention, including Justin Bieber.
3. Sosie Bacon
Sosie Bacon is the daughter of actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. She grew up out of the spotlight. Her parents discouraged her from going into acting but she has pressed forward with her dreams. She recently starred in the HBO critically-acclaimed series 13 Reasons Why.
Sosie wasn’t a very attractive kid. She kind of had a bit of that preteen angst behind her smile but she’s definitely blossomed into an absolutely stunning young woman! Sosie was named Miss Golden Globe 2014, and her career has just continued to skyrocket!
2. Chester Hanks
Chester “Chet” Hanks is the son of megastars Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Chester is known as a Hollywood bad-a*s now but he hasn’t always been that way.
Even with a name like Chester Hanks, he found out that just because you’re the son of famous movie stars, it doesn’t make you immune to being made fun of. With his name and nerdy appearance, he looked like he was destined for becoming a pocket-protector-wearing-computer-geek.
Fast forward 20 years later and he’s not so bad-looking now. His professional and personal life might be a bit of a trainwreck (understatement) but he’s definitely got some good genes. Professionally, he’s dabbled in a bit of everything, including being a rap artist. Haven’t heard of any rap artists named “Chet” Hanks? Not surprising. As a rap artist, he’s god awful. If you like the bad boys, Chet Hanks is your ultimate bad boy. He always seems to be in trouble with the law and posts pictures of himself posing with guns and scantily-clad women on his Instagram account.
1. Rumer Willis
Poor Rumer Willis. This girl was blasted in the media for not being as attractive as her famous superstar parents, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. She had a very, very masculine jawline and slender boyish physique. She also had to deal with her mother having a midlife crisis and getting millions of dollars worth of plastic surgery to look her daughter’s age and hook up with a toy boy closer to her daughter’s age. Not just any toy boy, mind you, but the hot actor/model Ashton Kutcher! Awkward, much?!
Quite frankly, people pitied her. It also didn’t help matters that her siblings were all outrageously stunning. But thankfully, as time went by, and perhaps a little help from a skillful plastic surgeon, Rumer has embraced her looks. Rumer now radiates an inner confidence and glow.
She appeared on the 20th season of Dancing With the Stars and then took home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. US Magazine called her “hot hot hot” and her mother’s lookalike. Rumor has it (pun intended) that Rumer is one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities!